Unauthorized Practice and Use of Title

Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (the "association") has a statutory duty under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act to protect the public interest by taking action to stop:

  • Unauthorized practices of professional engineering and geoscience, and
  • Unauthorized uses of restricted words, titles, and designations associated with the engineering and geoscience professions.

The Risk of Unauthorized Practice

Public safety and the environment are at risk when unregulated persons provide engineering or geoscience services to the public, for the following reasons:

  • Unregulated persons may not be qualified by training or experience to provide engineering and geoscience services in accordance with the appropriate standards in British Columbia,
  • Unregulated persons are not bound by the Code of Ethics and the Quality Management Bylaw (Bylaw 14(b)), which requires, among other things, that association members retain complete project documentation for 10 years and that they follow checking procedures appropriate for the risks associated for each project,
  • Unregulated persons do not have to submit to random practice reviews, or the complaint, investigation, and discipline processes provided by the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, and
  • Unregulated persons are not required to notify their clients in writing of their insurance coverage before providing professional engineering or geoscience services, as association members are required to do under the Bylaws of the association (Bylaw 17).

Making a Complaint

To make a complaint about an unauthorized practice or use of restricted words,
please contact Rohan Hill by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 604.430.4978.

The association will review all relevant information provided by complainants. Where evidence gathered by the association tends to show an unauthorized practice or the use of restricted words by an individual or company, the association will take the necessary steps to bring the individual or company into regulatory compliance. Usually, those individuals and companies will voluntarily comply with the association's demands. However, if noncompliance persists, the association has the statutory authority to commence a Court proceeding against the noncompliant person and seek an injunction and exemplary damages.

Publication

For the purpose of alerting and educating the public, Engineers and Geoscientists BC publishes Court Orders that it obtains in unauthorized practice cases, and the settlement agreements that it obtains in serious cases that are settled without Court process.

Name Date Document
Francis Moul February 2, 2018 Letter of Undertaking 
Milan Balun  October 10, 2017 Letter of Undertaking 
Brad Cook October 6, 2017  Letter of Undertaking 
Yogeshchandra Ramanlal Nathawad (2017) March 30, 2017 Consent Order
Cerner Canada ULC September 8, 2016 Settlement Agreement
Ivan Grgic June 20, 2016 Letter of Undertaking
Gordon McKinlay Feburary 25, 2016 Letter of Undertaking
Stephen James Burke Feburary 16, 2016 Letter of Undertaking
Roy Johan van Ryswyk December 23, 2015 Injunction
David Volkert November 2, 2015 Letter of Undertaking
Alexander Don Cameron July 15, 2015 Letter of Undertaking
Philip Cookson Buchanan April 10, 2015 Letter of Undertaking
Yogeshchandra Ramanlal Nathawad (2015) March 13, 2015 Letter of Undertaking
Iqbal Singh Mann March 10, 2015 Letter of Undertaking
Bud Edgar June 27, 2014 Letter of Undertaking
Amir Yashar Shoolestani June 2, 2010 Injunction
Ken Dextras December 5, 2008 Injunction
Sherman Yee September 30, 2008 Injunction
Randy Hartford September 6, 2007 Injunction
Richard G. (Rick) Jackson November 15, 2004 Injunction